Released November 10, 2016
By Larry Chen
If you had told me a year or two ago that Donald Glover could produce a piece of neo-soul as interesting as Me and Your Mama, I would’ve shrugged it off as pure ignorance. A complete departure from previous Childish Gambino records, this single shows a path that may be more experimental for the artist.
Sonically, this is one of the most solid pieces I’ve heard in awhile. The lilting bass lines and high pitched cicada reminiscent chimes in the opening minute throw the listener into the atmosphere that is also put forth by the cover image.
In the actual verses themselves, Glover/Gambino provides some punchy vocals, showcasing a rasp and growl that could be compared to Screamin Jay Hawkins. Visceral and raw, the lyrics tell a story of someone wanting more from their unrequited love. A headbanger, but also a song for listening in a dark room alone, Me and Your Mama is one of the best singles from Gambino in quite a while and I’m excited for the full album.